Why not, in deed. I wasn't trying to be mercurial.
I've owned the Bowman since 1992 and I want something different - call it the 20 year itch. My sailing plans for the next five years include daytime traveling on the Chesapeake Bay
and tributaries with a few forays into North Carolina
via the ICW
. The 473 is big enough and comfortable enough for these ambitions. She also has plenty of sister ships out there, so I should be able to predict her depreciation over the next five years.
The Bowman is an awesome sea boat. She'll never hurt you offshore
and she'll take you where ever your dreams carry you. Owning her made sense 20 years ago when I had great plans for water
sailing. At this stage in my life, however, I want a "newish", simpler boat to service
my greatly reduced sailing needs. I've also just spent three years of my life removing Aurelia's teak deck
and this ordeal has washed away all of the joy of ownership
. It's just time for a change.
Hope that helps.